James Publishing Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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  1. Great opportunities to learn and grow in a fast paced environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - California in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at James Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many Opportunities for growth and advancement
    Lack of micromanagement
    Flexible work schedule and time off
    Ability to lean new skill sets
    Promotes from within
    Happy and friendly coworkers, management, and an amazing owner
    BBQ’s, yoga, games
    Management values employee ideas and suggestions
    Company is always growing and moving forward
    Team development program
    Health and retirement benefits

    Cons

    Not a great fit for anyone who doesn’t embrace change and work hard, or those that require close supervision.

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering opportunities for growth and advancement. Increase communication, perhaps start a monthly in-house newsletter to convey the company vision, explain the motivation for changes that have occurred or are planned for the near future, and highlight employee achievements.


  2. Great Place for a Young Professional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At James Publishing there is always room to grow professionally. The company is always encouraging you to develop and apply new skills. This is a great place for a recent graduate (especially with and English or Journalism degree) to apply.

    Cons

    If you want a job where you show up your first week, learn your duties and continue to do that and only that in perpetuity this isn't the place for you. Your position WILL change and grow. This is not a company for people who wish to remain stagnant in their work lives..


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start, terrible place to stay.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As the title suggests, James Publishing is a great place for a young professional to begin their career. Employees are encouraged to acquire and practice a variety of skills that are valuable to multiple industries. James Publishing regularly employs young, motivated talent and hosts an environment where peer-to-peer learning is readily accessible.

    Cons

    Pay:
    Monetary compensation is grossly below average for most skilled positions while salaries paid to entry-level employees are inexplicably well above. James Publishing should consider adopting a practical payroll structure where more experienced employees are paid appropriately higher wages, thus serving the fundamental interest of attributing value to an individual's role within the company that both management and employee alike can commit to.

    Termination:
    The very real and imminent danger of unexpected termination has become a convenient tool for management to manipulate staff, and misrepresent company values. Fear of losing one's job has become a combustible asset for the upper-management engine.

    A perfect example of said manipulation can be seen in the curious grouping of positive Glass Door reviews for James Publishing as of late. One may take notice that all of these reviews have been posted in recent and rapid succession and come solely from current employees, almost as if they were systematically generated... Comparatively, negative reviews are posted sporadically (though consistent in feedback) and date back several years.

    Management:
    Management's Rampant deceit and cutthroat business practices have plagued the perpetually new staff at James Publishing for a long time. New hires are often encouraged to misplace trust and harbor a false sense of security. When it comes to performance expectations, there exists a complete lack of transparency throughout the company.

    Owner:
    An odd balance. On one side you have a generous, kindhearted, seemingly benevolent man. On the other, you have a disastrous lack of business acumen and a complacent attitude towards blatant misconduct. The "staff-of-the-week" generally attributes this behavior to apathy while the executive personnel's feeble efforts to conceal a succession of catastrophic mistakes carries on.

    Advice to Management

    Tough to answer considering one of the main problems with management is their inability to even acknowledge criticism, much less take it into consideration. That being said, I truly hope that James Publishing develops a more responsible policy in regards to employee termination. Much needed respect would be gained from giving their next round of firings more than a few minutes notice before kicking them to the curb without a chance to make proper arrangements.


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  5. fantastic company to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Publishing full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    extremely employee friendly and flexible company. casual work environment with high energy employees. there is always a lot to do (so time flies at work) and accuracy is important.

    Cons

    if you do not like to work hard and accurately and can't work independently then you won't like it here.


  6. Helpful (6)

    An okayish place to get a start. Know what you're in for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back environment with mostly friendly co-workers. You can go from intern to director in under a year with a small pay bump. Just don't get an inflated sense of self because when you are let go (and you will be within 1-2 years max) no one will take your "title" seriously when it's time to get a real job.

    Cons

    Because turnover at JP is at least 100% per year, there is no team mentality. Everyone hoards work to build value. If you're not the casualty of the week, you get to take on your latest ex-coworker's work for a few extra bucks (if you're lucky). The president is not capable of running a business and will pin his shortcomings on you. If he says that he has been up until 2am fixing your mistakes, update your résumé. You're next. He won't be able to give you an example of what he fixed. It's just what he does.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to write your own glassdoor review demanding accuracy from your potential employees, take a basic English course. Grammar is key.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great place to get your start, have a plan to move on.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at James Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great part about James Publishing and James Attorney Marketing is the amount of room for growth. You have the opportunity to quickly learn and excel in different departments. If your just getting your start, there could not be a better place to learn quickly.

    Cons

    Employee turnover is significantly higher than the industry standard. Expected to agree with senior management on all initiatives. You will be working extra hours. Company pivots sometimes multiple times a month. 'Clicky' inner circle, combined with a high turnover rate makes James Publishing / James Attorney Marketing a office politics nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Management should show they value their employees in ways other than bbqs, bowling and games.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Inconsistent with Untrustworthy Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive space with constant opportunities to gain new clients and deliver great work. Some good people to be around who smiled a lot and were friendly.

    Cons

    Walk on egg-shell type of environment, don't speak up, don't speak back, don't question anything - or you'll be fired on a Friday to avoid an 'incident'. Big, long-term promises up front but shaky infrastructure and no real roadmap, which leads to high turn-over due to rapid fire leadership decisions to cover up mistakes. Felt a little like pledging a fraternity, always trying to get into the inner circle, secrets among teams, leaving you to feel like you could be let go at any moment.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the experience. Best of luck.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Good place to get your start, have a backup plan and don't get comfortable.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at James Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given a lot of freedom when it comes to schedule, how you approach your work, and projects you would like to work on.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover, Upper management frequently restructures entire departments (terminates), little to zero care for employees wellbeing, 401k plan has a 5 year vesting period (only one employee has made it past that mark - which says a lot since the company has been around for 35+ years), a culture of putting the company first and working long hours, naturally such high turnover causes employees to gossip - its not a matter of if someone will be fired but when.

    Advice to Management

    Company values are completely out of wack, consider owning up to your own mistakes instead of terminating employees. During my time with the company the entire staff was terminated or had quit two times, with the exception of a few remaining employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good culture, disappointing ending.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at James Publishing full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    coworkers, environment, there is definitely an opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    gossip, being told things are fine when they aren't, no forewarning to eventual release.

    Advice to Management

    I would say to let people know that there needs to be an uptick in productivity and not to repeatedly say things are going great when they aren't. There are adjustment periods when trying to adapt to an unfamiliar title and when you are told that you will have plenty of time to adapt but then are cut short when things are seemingly improving it is very disappointing.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Lie after Lie

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Publishing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was good, and the check always cleared.

    Cons

    Employees are not appreciated. Question the lack of leadership and you're out. Especially if you are 100% correct. President will always blame everyone else for his lack of experience and leadership. It makes the owner look like he doesn't have a clue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the President from running your company into the ground! The glass is half empty, open your eyes.



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